15 Foods You Should Never Eat Raw

5. Taro

A picture shows a taro field They’re very healthy — just not raw. | Theo Rouby/AFP/Getty Images

The taro root has more fiber than a potato and also has plenty of potassium, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin E, and trace minerals. They’re considered a superfood starch — but don’t eat them raw.

Taro contains the compound calcium oxalate, which makes your mouth feel numb when you eat it and can even make you feel like you’re choking if you consume too much. It can also cause kidney stones.

Cooking taro reduces the occurrence of this compound and turns taro into an edible, nutritious treat. Just be sure to wear gloves when you’re handling this root raw, as it can irritate your skin when you touch it.

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